If your little one is just getting into water play, the new Green Toys Stacking Cups are perfect for the kiddie pool or water table. The numbered, volumetrically accurate cups also help to teach basic counting and math skills (for instance cup #2 and cup #4 adds up to cup #6).
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B. Toys Fish and Splish 6+ months 2 of 10
The newest B. Toys floating boat is perfect for playing poolside or at the beach. With 13 different water toys included, and a boat that winds up and sails, your little one will have hours of imaginative water play.
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Wollemi Wilderness Bike from Wishbone 1-5 years 3 of 10
Designed to celebrate the UN International Year of Forests, the Wollemi Wilderness Bike beautifully depicts the Australian Wollemi pine tree — one of the oldest and most endangered plants on the planet — and three indigenous Australian animals.
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Melissa 4 of 10
There are generally two options for bubble-loving kids: 1) Blow and blow until you get lightheaded, or 2) Use a battery-operated bubble machine. In a genius summer toy compromise, Melissa & Doug's newest Sunny Patch Bubble Buddies (which come in four characters) squeeze out bubbles for an easier-to-use redesign of a summer classic.
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Plan Toys Discovery Set 3+ years 5 of 10
Everything your little one needs to explore the Great Big Backyard is now in the cutest wooden package: snail measuring tape, leaf magnifying glass and caterpillar telescope.
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YBike Kicker 3-5 years 6 of 10
If you catch your toddler staring longingly at his big brother racing down the driveway on a scooter, help him join the ranks of the big kids with the new YBike Kicker. With large, chunky wheels and a safer design for tiny toddlers, your little one will score some serious cool points with the neighborhood crew. (Available May 2011.)
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Design Your Own Box Kite 5-12 years 7 of 10
Because it isn’t always 75 and sunny during the long, school-less summer months, it’s smart to have some indoor craft projects on hand. Not only will this kit occupy your kids with fabric paints and glitter glues, but it then turns into a classic summertime activity once the weather inevitably clears up. Kids might be more apt to indulge in the simplicity of kite flying if they design it themselves.
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Outdoor Explorer Kit 5+ years 8 of 10
For the serious nature enthusiast, this Seedling Outdoor Explorer Kit comes with an LED headlamp, magnifying glass, bug checklist, nature journal sketchpad, colored pencils and a drawstring backpack. Who knew the backyard was this exciting?
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Crayola Washable Glow Chalk 6+ years 9 of 10
After eating s’mores and catching fireflies, your kids will want to break out Crayola’s new washable glow chalk to brighten those warm summer nights.
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Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm Water Blaster6+ years 10 of 10
Unlike the early ‘90s, when kids had to pump and manually shoot out pressurized water, the newest Thunderstorm model is the only battery-powered Super Soaker, meaning there’s no pumping required. For kids more concerned about range, Nerf’s new Hydro Cannon Water Blaster can shoot up to 35 feet away.
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